GlasVent - The rapidly deployable emergency ventilator

Christou, A., Ntagios, M. , Hart, A. and Dahiya, R. (2020) GlasVent - The rapidly deployable emergency ventilator. Global Challenges, 4(12), 2000046. (doi: 10.1002/gch2.202000046) (PMID:33304608) (PMCID:PMC7713554)

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As a result of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, a surge is witnessed in the demand for mechanical ventilators needed for treating affected patients. With the rapidly virus spreading around the globe, the shortage of ventilators becomes a global challenge and numerus efforts are followed. While industry mobilizes toward producing medical grade equipment, a number of low-cost and less complex emergency ventilators have been developed, mainly through academic and open-source channels, with a hope to meet any temporary needs gap until medical grade ventilator provision becomes sufficient. Herein, the design and implementation of one such emergency ventilator called GlasVent is presented, which an automated version of manual resuscitator device, commonly known as big valve mask or artificial manual breathing unit bag and widely used prior to initiating the mechanical ventilation. GlasVent uses 3D printed mechanical parts, widely available materials and off-the-shelf electronic and sensing devices which can be fast assembled. Furthermore, it requires minimal training and can be operated manually by hands or legs, thus meeting the emergency requirements even in the low-resource settings or regions with less developed healthcare systems. Post-COVID-19, such ventilators can potentially find use in clinical care of a wider variety of patients with injury, pulmonary noncommunicable diseases, and severe asthma etc.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hart, Professor Andrew and Dahiya, Professor Ravinder and Christou, Mr Adamos and Ntagios, Markellos
Authors: Christou, A., Ntagios, M., Hart, A., and Dahiya, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Global Challenges
ISSN (Online):2056-6646
Published Online:06 September 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Global Challenges 4(12):2000046
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
301728Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Printed Tactile SKINRavinder DahiyaEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R029644/1ENG - Electronics & Nanoscale Engineering